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Bookstores are alive and well in Lancaster County
By Mary Ellen Wright Special Features Writer Readers continue to buy lots of their books online, and to download electronic books onto their Kindles, Nooks and other devices. Behemoth bookseller Borders closed its doors in the fall. But, yet, it seems printed books, along with the stores that sell them, are alive and doing well in Lancaster County. In early January, husband-and-wife booksellers Todd Dickinson and Sam DrokeDickinson moved their Aaron’s Books from Lititz’s South Broad Street to a slightly larger store at 35 E. Main St. The couple, who sells a mix of new and used books in their store, and regular and electronic books online, said they believe their Main Street digs will attract more foot traffic from visitors to Lititz. The Dickinsons cited a recent survey indicating that people who buy e-readers and e-books still want to read printed books. “I think that smaller stores, the ones that really belong as part of the community, as opposed to a chain store … are stronger now than they have been in the past 10 or 15 years,” Droke-Dickinson said, “because people are really focusing on where they’re spending their money.” Bookseller Brian Frailey will soon move his DogStar used-book store from its present location on West Chestnut Street to a much larger space in the former Filling’s clothing store, 401-05 W. Lemon St. Frailey, whose store specializes in 20th- Todd Dickinson and Sam Droke-Dickinson moved century literature and rare books, has also Aaron’s Books to a larger location. been selling books online since before opening DogStar in 2006. He added that “when everyone is out there selling books
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Store offers eclectic mix
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country to the south, including snacks, fruit-flavored sodas, spices, groceries and cultural When Rigo Perez wanted items such as pinatas, filled to start a business back in his store. “I started with Mexican 2010, he decided to have a store featuring Mexican things,” Perez said. “Then they asked for more.” products. When customers came He started Las Animas Mexican Store, at the in asking for items from intersection of Route 340 countries such as El Salvador, and Route 30/King Street Equador and Costa Rica, he in Bridgeport. Perez said started carrying them as well. The result in an eclectic the space is part of a former CVS store. It’s named from mix of items ranging from the place they came from in cell phones to sports jerseys. Kids have many sweet Mexico. Perez filled the space with choices, from frozen fruit items from our neighboring treats on a stick to chilicovered mango lollipops to Rigo Perez and his wife a yellow VW Beetle car that Laura Benedicto began comes with bite-size candies. - continued on page 7 with Mexican items.

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from their kitchen table … the price goes down.” Frailey believes Amazon. com has affected his store more than the rise in electronic book sales. “The new generation of readers are going be very used to reading on a device,” he said. “But books as antiques and collectibles aren’t going away.” Brother and sister booksellers Tom and Nancy Hoober bought Legacy Used Books & Collectibles, 145 E. Main St., New Holland, in September 2010. “I think we are both interested in trying to help downtown New Holland,” Nancy Hoober said. “We didn’t want to see another business go out of business. “I guess I didn’t realize how many people are looking for specific books and only that book,” Nancy Hoober

Libraries meet demand
By Mary Ellen Wright Special Features Writer Mobile apps. Coffee shops. Passport services. Indoor mini-golf. Social media. The traditional shelves of books are still there. But this is definitely not your father’s, or mother’s, public library. Amid chronic cuts in government funding, Lancaster County library staffs say they find creative ways to raise money and to offer the innovative programs and technology their patrons demand. Several area libraries raise tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars each year through in-house used-book stores and annual book sales operated by the libraries’ volunteer “Friends” groups. Some sell donated books online, on such sites as Amazon and eBay. A handful of libraries have in-house coffee shops that provide a source of revenue. Manheim Public Library’s director Barbara Basile seeks sponsors for such services as a summer reading program.

said. “And if you don’t have that specific book, they leave. “Listening to the media,” she said, “they lead you to believe that everybody has a computer. I have learned through working here that that’s not true. “I think that there is always going to be a place for a shop like this.” Melody Williams, owner of Winding Way Books at Gallery Row, recently expanded her used-book store into a second room, adjacent to her downstairs shop at 106 W. Chestnut St.. “Most bookstores do 90 percent of their sales online; I do about 10 percent online,” she said, because of time constraints. Word of mouth has been important in building her customer base, she said. She predicts that, until a whole generation of children has grown up without holding a printed book, e-books won’t really affect her business.

Williams says, “There’s something comforting seeing (a book) on a shelf that you don’t have by having a book downloaded,” she said. “The Catholic (book and gift) trade, right now, has dropped off significantly,” said Vonnie Kirchner, who has operated the Abbey Book & Gift Shop in the 800 block of Manor Street for nearly 32 years. But Kirchner noted she has a core group of loyal customers that has been shopping in her Catholic book and gift store for years. While she knows her business has been affected by online sales, she said customers still come into her store, wanting to see and touch what they’re buying. “Word of mouth has been the builder of my business for almost 32 years,” Kirchner said, adding that she believes “God knows what he’s doing; he sends customers to me.”

Melody Williams, Winding Way, top left. Tom and Nancy Hoober, Legacy Used Books & Collectibles, top right. Below, Brian Frailey, DogStar.

Some area libraries are raising funds by processing passports, according to Elizabethtown Public Library Outreach Services Coordinator Bethleen Bradford. Quarryville Libraryruns an indoor-mini-golf fundraiser, Nikki Hartman, youth services coordinator, said. Solanco students build a golf course — some holes even have water hazards — right in the library. Manheim Township Public Library holds an annual sale of chocolate-covered strawberries. Penny Talbert, Ephrata Library’s executive director is approaching local businesses to buy advertising on the Kindle e-readers her library loans out. Some libraries charge small loan fees for their newest books and DVDs. Meanwhile, libraries continue to plunge, headlong, into the technological future, and offer patrons a variety of services, classes and programs — from computer training to financial-literacy classes for kids.

Through the countywide Overdrive system, area libraries have been offering electronic and audio books for download on patrons’ home e-readers. Many libraries also buy Nooks or Kindles, loading them with e-books and loaning them out to patrons. Manheim Township library’s assistant director, Dan Coleman, said his library is developing a mobile app that will offer library information; catalog access, and the ability to search for and reserve a book by photographing its UPC bar code. The library’s community relations and development manager, Lori Dietrich, said Facebook and other social media have become important communication tools. “I think it’s really given the library a personality,” she said. Via Facebook, the library staff can learn about its patrons — which type of e-readers they prefer, for example.


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By Rochelle A. Shenk Special Features Writer Urban Place’s mix of commercial, retail and residential uses have combined with a boutique hotel and restaurant to create a hip community that’s vibrant and exudes energy. This 300,000 square foot community is made for living, learning, shopping, working and dining. The complex along New Holland Avenue, which includes the Cork Factory Hotel and Cork & Cap Restaurant is being developed by the Baldwin family. The buildings making up Cork Factory Hotel and Urban Place were built in 1865 and later became home of Armstrong Cork Company, which sold the property to Kerr Glass Co. in the 1960s. Kerr manufactured steel bottle caps, glass bottles and plastic products at Urban Place until 2002; Kerr Glass’s corporate offices remained onsite until 2004. Noted architect C. Emlen Urban, a Lancaster native who also designed Lancaster’s Watt & Shand building (the façade has been incorporated into the Lancaster Marriott and Convention Center) and the Greist Building, designed several of the buildings in the eight-acre complex. “We had to choose a name for the complex, and I thought that Urban Place not only links it to Urban, the architect, but also shows that we’re part of the city. The names of the hotel and restaurant also pay tribute to the heritage to the complex,” explains Barry Baldwin, an electrical and mechanical contractor who also owns B.J. Baldwin Electric Inc. Although he had not tackled a project like this before, he says he’s always liked a challenge. The buildings sat empty until Urban Place
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LP, a family partnership, purchased the property in December 2004, and renovations of the buildings began in 2005. Forty-six two- and three-bedroom luxury apartments, some of which span two-stories, are located on the upper floors of buildings 6, 7 and 8, while the lower floors offer commercial and retail space. The first luxury apartments opened in 2007, and the first commercial tenants moved in two years prior. The hotel and restaurant will celebrate Exterior of the Cork Factory Hotel with the Urban Place name on the smokestack. their second anniversary Below: Cork Factory Hotel ballroom. in April. Currently the facility Fanning explained that a web design firm; boasts a variety of more the hotel’s pastry kitchen and digital signage than 15 commercial and shares space with the firm ConnectedSign. retail tenants. The Lancaster banquet kitchen, and since Master’s Advisors, Science Factory is also the demand for banquets and a financial planning housed in the complex. special events has risen as company relocated Office and retail space can be has the demand for cakes to there in December custom designed by tenants. celebrate special occasions 2010. Jill Fanning, Baldwin’s — last year the hotel hosted Michael Schwartz, daughter and one of the 96 weddings — the pastry an advisor and partner partners in the project, said kitchen is being moved and with Master’s, said that that the location, which is will also have a retail area. the firm, which had close to Lancaster City yet Plum Salon and Spa, a been located in a multiwith easy access to Route 30, full service salon and day story unit in Manheim and the historic nature of the spa, opened at Urban Place Township, was in need buildings has been a draw in August 2011. Co-owner of additional space. for tenants. The residential Ryan Benner said that the “We’re now on one mix also provides a sense of location with its historic floor plus we liked the security for office workers character and availability Urban Place complex that may be working late, of parking is a good fit. itself. The buildings since there’s activity in the His partner Lani Todd said have a lot of character, buildings and parking areas. that the salon works with a and since it’s the old The fact that hotel, with its number of brides and bridal Kerr facility, people restaurant and event space that parties, so being close to make connections with can be used for meetings and a wedding venue creates a that — they may have seminars, is part of the complex good synergy. worked their or know also is attractive to tenants. Splints and Daisies Floral someone who did,” he banquet room and meeting “Having the hotel and Boutique is also part of that said. restaurant onsite offers synergy. Owner Tara Keister One of the newest tenants rooms may be the crown commercial tenants some said that she had been is Preferred Health Care jewel. Guest rooms and flexibility. In designing their operating the business from (PHC). Eric Buch, president suites are light-filled with office space, they have a her home, and was looking and CEO, said that the expansive windows, original conference room for staff or for a location close to the city company’s 23 staff members brick walls, exposed ceilings client meetings, but since we when she did a wedding at made the move to Urban and free Wi-Fi access as do have meeting rooms in the the Cork Factory ballroom. Place two months ago well as carefully chosen hotel and are constructing “I didn’t want anything huge, (December 2011). He said, furnishings. “We deliberately two new event spaces, they and this fit the bill,” she said. “It’s a perfect fit for us — kept a minimalist look so that can rent them. Why pay Some of the commercial we’re now all on one floor guests could feel the impact monthly for something you tenants include Nxtbook and can interact with one of the historic building; at the same time we wanted to give may only use one or two Media, which has been at another more efficiently.” times a year?” Baldwin said. Urban Place since 2007 years While the adaptive reuse the feel of a cozy, retreat,” Commercial and retail and has expanded into another of the property as a whole is Baldwin explained “Any tenants offer a mix of services space; The Securus Group, quite a project, carving out beam that we could keep and shopping. A bakery is an insurance, benefits and boutique hotel rooms and exposed, we did. It just adds currently under construction. investment firm; SiteStrux, a unique restaurant with a to the historic feel,” Fanning said.

Reframing the Past, Building the Future
L a n c a s t e r H i s t o r y. o r g — Lancaster County’s Historical Society and President James Buchanan’s Wheatland — was born out of a fortuitous merger between two neighbors with compatible missions, visions, and objectives. Since that merger in May of 2009, the staff and leadership at has been busy planning their next big project — the creation of a Campus of History on the corner of President and Marietta avenues in Lancaster Township. For an organization that has been around the block a few times — the historical society was founded in 1886, and President James Buchanan’s Wheatland has been open for public tours since the Junior League saved it in 1931 — looking to the future is as much a part of’s daily operations as looking to the past. Though with a 15,000-volume library, more than a million historic records and manuscripts, and an exceptional collection of objects related to Lancaster’s 300 years of history, there’s plenty of past to look to. Says LancasterHistory. org president, Thomas R. Ryan, “Five summers ago 65 community members gathered to engage our happened was part of a local story. We’re proud to help Lancastrians understand better the crucial ways our story unfolded here, and the impact it had on the unfolding development of the Commonwealth and the United States of America.” The Campus of History project will be completed at the end of 2012. In the meantime, visit Lancaster County’s Historical Society in its temporary home at 4 W. King St. in downtown Lancaster, or President James Buchanan’s Wheatland at 1120 Marietta Ave.. For more information, visit, or call (717) 392-4633.

collective imaginations and attempt to glimpse the future of history in our community. And we asked: What role might be called upon to play? Will we be prepared for the task? What we discovered was more spectacular, complex, and far more interesting than what we thought we were looking for. “We came upon a vision of the past that could guide us into the future; a way of looking at the past that places Lancaster County’s history in the broader context of America’s history. Now, with years of planning and success, we are in a strong position to move forward with our plans to create the Lancaster Campus of History at the corner of Marietta and President Avenues.” The Campus of History,

currently under construction that happened in our own by Benchmark Construction back yards. It helps us see Company, will add 19,000 how connected we all are to square feet of exhibition, each other and to our nation programmatic, research, and as a whole. Everything storage space for the county’s important that has ever official historical society and the home of Pennsylvania’s only United States President. In the process, it will also create a hub of history activity linked to hosts of non-profit partners, educational institutions, community-based organizations, and even governmental bodies. L a n c a s t e r H i s t o r y. o r g anticipates the Campus of History will be a place where visitors to and citizens of Lancaster County will use local history as a resource for understanding the larger context of our national story. Says Ryan, “Local history has a lot more to offer than Benchmark Construction team at the August 2011 groundbreaking. simply celebrating the stories

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By Wendy Komancheck Special Features Writer versatile the artists in the area are — plus, so many young artists are opening up outposts From First Fridays in in Columbia, Marietta, and Lancaster to artists opening Wrightsville — as well as up shop in Lancaster all over Lancaster, not just County’s historic towns, the Gallery Row. It’s a very county is experiencing a kind exciting time to be an artist — here and everywhere!” of art renaissance. Two local artists, a museum states Shapiro. Of course, artists banding curator, and a gallery manager willingly share what together to form a community The Red Raven Art Company founders and gallery manager. From left to right: they see as an evolution of art of support and encouragement Regina Martin, Art Harrington, Fred Rodger, and Lee Lovett. in Lancaster city and county. also helps to foster the area’s “I think the biggest art renaissance. Red Raven challenge is the perception Art Company located at 138 people have of the art scene,” N. Prince St., is one such says Mimi Shapiro, an artist gallery. Art Harrington, Fred living in Lancaster. “It’s Rodger, and Regina Martin not all red barns and Amish are the owners of the Red painting. There is a very Raven Art Company. “Six to seven years ago, By Laura Knowles contemporary work being created here — that would there were only a few art Special Features Writer rival anything in New York or galleries in town, and the one that they showed at was With more than 1,800 Washington, D.C. “Liz Lambert at Lancaster closing down,” explains Lee Facebook fans, the Save Arts is doing a very good job Speedwell page on Facebook - continued on page 11 of getting the word out, how is just one indicator that people want to see Speedwell Forge Lake restored. Another hint was the filled-to-capacity crowd at the Brickerville Fire Hall in Nov. 2011 when state Sen. Mike Brubaker, state Rep. Tom Creighton and the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission hosted a public meeting on the fate of Speedwell Forge Lake. At that meeting, people were turned away because there was no more room and Steve Wilson in his Lancaster studio.

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By Laura Knowles Special Features Writer When the Ware Center in downtown Lancaster became part of Millersville University in March 2011, it opened up new horizons for Millersville University and for the downtown arts scene. According to Micheal Houlahan, chair of the Music Department and professor of Kodaly Music Theory, Harmony and Solfege, the Ware Center promises to be a true showcase for music, dance and the arts. “The Ware Center is integral to the community, just as the community is integral to the arts at Millersville,” says Houlahan. One of the new programs being held at the Ware Center is the Master Class Program, which was funded by the Melva S. McIlwaine Master Class and Concert Endowment. “The program is a fabulous opportunity for Millersville students and the community to work with world-renowned artists,” says Dr. Houlahan. Located in the heart of Lancaster’s arts community, the Ware Center of Millersville University is a stunning two-story, glass enclosed building at 42 N. Prince St., just steps from the historic Fulton Theatre. Originally built for the Pennsylvania Academy of Music, it was
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first leased by Millersville University in July 2010. By March 2011, the center was purchased by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, for Millersville University’s use and management. Giving Millersville a downtown Lancaster presence, the Ware Center is acoustically designed as a venue for art exhibits, dance, music, opera, concerts and cabaret and lectures. Embracing its role as a place for community engagement and outreach, the facility has opened its doors to a wide variety of events and organizations. Since the Ware Center opened, audiences have been able to enjoy art exhibits, musical performances, lecture series, small theatrical productions and much more. During the holiday season, the Lancaster Symphony performed in the center, presenting a concert of world masters and holiday music. The Ware Center is an educational forum, with Millersville University holding a variety of classes and workshops at the facility. One of the biggest challenges for the Ware Center is to enable the building to be a self-sustaining operation, with a positive economic, social and educational impact. “Millersville University is breaking the mold of how performing and visual arts centers are run,” says direc-

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they had to watch the televised meeting remotely. When Brubaker asked the crowd if they wanted to save the lake, every single hand was raised in unison. “It’s been overwhelming to see how many people care about the lake,” said Andrea Becker, an avid angler who loved fishing on the lake. When Becker learned that the lake had to be drained because of damage to the dam during Hurricane Lee, she sprang into action to rally support for restoring the dam and the lake. She started the Facebook page in October and by January, there were some 1,865 fans. Becker also spearheaded the first of the fundraising campaigns for the Save Speedwell project. Just before Christmas, she and other volunteers sold Save Speedwell tee-shirts with the new logo in a lake blue shade. “It’s just the beginning. We have a long way to go,” admitted Becker. Restoration of the dam is estimated at more than $6.3 million. Even though the amount seems overwhelming, officials from the Fish & Boat Commission said that the campaign to save the lake is on the right track. “This is a good sign,” said John Arway, executive director of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, at the meeting. The commission operates the lake. Arway told the crowd that

their support for restoring the lake would go a long way toward making Speedwell Forge Lake a priority. With 16 other lakes in Pennsylvania in similar straits, three are already being restored. Public support is what made the difference, said Arway, and for Speedwell Forge Lake, the show of concern would help to move it up on the priority list. “We know we’ve got the public’s support. And we know it’s heavily used,” said Arway. “We can work together to rebuild Speedwell Forge Lake.” It won’t happen soon. Arway said that it would take seven years or more to obtain the needed funding, design the dam and then rebuild it. Until that is done, it is not safe for the homes downstream of the dam. That’s why the lake had to be drained in October 2011 after inspection showed dangerous cracks and buckling of the dam. In December, heavy rains filled the lake bed back up and it had to be drained again. What was once a thriving 160-acre man-made lake was nothing but a muddy brown “hole” with a meandering stream — Hammer Creek — running through it. “It’s not easy to see the lake the way it is now,” admits Judy Lauch of Lake View Drive. She and her husband Milt moved to their home overlooking the lake more than a dozen years ago. Speedwell Forge Lake was created in 1966. For information, check the Save Speedwell page on Facebook.



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Lovett, manager of the Red Raven Art Company. “As they had enjoyed showing together and wanted to remain in contact with each other, they decided to form their own gallery; hence Red Raven was born. First Fridays were already happening, although on a much smaller scale.” Lovett also marvels at the grassroots efforts of First Friday’s beginnings. “They (First Fridays) literally started one gallery at a time. Gallery Row (along Prince St. in Lancaster) grew out of one real estate investor’s decision to rent out the first floor of his buildings only to potential gallery owners. I think we all realized that First Fridays create a wonderful sense of community with artists and art lovers alike. It’s a family event, a college night out event, a great date night — good for older customers, young customers, and everyone in between. It allows us all to feel a part of something very special, and it keeps growing and growing. I think at last count there are more than 50 galleries in town,” says Lovett. Perhaps one of the hidden assets to this growing art scene is the customer base. Steve Wilson, a graphic designer by profession and a water color artist from Lancaster, says that one of the challenges of the Lancaster art scene involves getting people to buy the art that’s being produced. “Art is good for the soul; it makes you feel good; it makes me feel good to produce; and the person (who) buys your art, it makes them feel good,” says Wilson. “You automatically get a connection with that person. Most times, people want to know why you painted or created the piece of art, where is the scene, how did you come up with the idea. I really enjoy talking with people that like and purchase my art.”

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Mimi Shapiro works on an altered book.
In relation to Wilson’s viewpoint, Dr. Stanley Grand, executive director of the Lancaster Museum of Art, 135 N. Lime St., says that the poor economy didn’t dampen the growing Lancaster art scene. Dr. Grand began as executive director of the museum nearly three and a half years ago. “The art scene was strong when I arrived and has managed to survive during the difficult economic conditions that began in 2008 and continue today. A bright spot is that artists continue to create and collectors continue to prize works of art. But I think there is a community that believes in the visual and performing arts that appreciates our heritage and understands that lives are enhanced by the arts. First Fridays bring countless people into the galleries and provide a fun art activity for young and old. These experiences, for some, will lead to a more profound embracing of the arts,” states Dr. Grand. He notes that the Museum will exhibit works drawn from local collections next fall. Wilson urges other artists to keep creating art and to find connections. “Keep producing and find an outlet for your work in a gallery that has similar types of work. Join an arts organization. That is where you will make a lot of your connections.” Mimi Shapiro says “I always hope to make art that I care about and I hope all the artists will keep making work that interests them — to be self-motivated.” She adds that “Art is the verb ‘to do.’ Just keep making art work — like any other job work at it everyday—it’s like breathing. Good for the body and soul.” Steve Wilson teaches watercolor classes at Church of the Apostles ( in Rohrerstown. You can find Mimi Shapiro on the web at www.mimiartz. com. She will be leading altered book workshops at the Lancaster Literary Guild (, located at 113 N. Lime St., Lancaster, in the fall of 2012.

By Laura Knowles Special Features Writer When Penn Cinemas opened its IMAX Theatre more than two years ago with Harry Potter, it began a whole new dimension in theatre in Lancaster County. Back then the $5 million project of Penn Ketchum and Jonathon Byler seemed like a bit of a gamble. Ticket prices were higher than a regular movie, making it a little more challenging to take the whole family. And you had to wear those 3D glasses. Turns out that Lancaster County was more than ready for IMAX, and during the holiday season, the theatre was packed with families who wanted to experience their favorite films in 3D. A few of the recent IMAX movies have included “Adventures of Tintin,” “Hugo,” “Mission Impossible” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Educational films will include the “Hubble Mission,” and the muchawaited “Titanic” is expected to arrive at the impressive theatre, located right next door to the “regular” Penn Cinemas on Airport Road. Seeing an IMAX film is a big experience, explains Ketchum. That’s what makes it so appealing. The IMAX screen is 70 feet wide and

40 feet high, which makes it even taller than the entire building next door, which is 35 feet high. In fact, the screen goes beyond a viewer’s peripheral vision, providing a circular feeling that is much like real life. Only bigger. That’s part of what makes everything seem so up close and personal. When a beam comes across the screen, the viewer will instinctively duck to get out of the way. An ocean wave seems to come up and flood the viewer, washing them into the sea. As Ketchum notes, seeing a 3D IMAX movie is more of a special occasion event. The tickets are $15.50 and $13.50 for seniors and children. There are about a dozen IMAX films released each year. One of the biggest advantages is that movie fans who used to have to travel to Harrisburg, Reading, Philadelphia or Baltimore to see an IMAX film can see it right here in Lancaster County’s own 20,000 square foot, 425-seat IMAX theatre. Digital sound and 3-D images provide a nearperfect audio visual movie experience. This past holiday season, the IMAX theatre was packed, showing that moving into a new dimension makes sense for Lancaster County.
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In an almost magical transformation, not unlike that of the enchanted village of Brigadoon, the tiny “town” of Richmond Square appeared (Fruitville Pike in Manheim Township). Indeed, it does look like a little town that has always been there, complete with storefronts, second story housing, shops, restaurants, a bank, salons and townhouses. Some people aren’t quite sure what to call it. It is not unusual for people to say they are meeting friends at the “imaginary village.” Is it a town? Is it a village? Where did it come from? In truth, Richmond Square is a current concept in multi1001 E. Oregon Road Lititz, PA 17543

use development. It actually heralds to the past, when small towns had multiple uses. Shops and restaurants lined the streets with on-street parking and park to the rear of buildings. Shopkeepers would live on the upper floors, able to tend to their businesses easily. The layout of Richmond Square also follows a new trend in concentrating development in one area, allowing the surrounding farmland to remain intact. In theory, a person living at Richmond Square could benefit from most of the business services they need, whether they want Asian food or Italian food, need to put gas in their car or buy groceries, need to get their shirts dry-

cleaned or stop at the bank to make a deposit. Since Richmond Square first opened, it has been growing steadily, adding new businesses that benefit both residents and those in Manheim Township or surrounding areas. Among the first businesses on the scene were Giant-To-

Go convenience store, where customers can get gas, pick up quick foods for lunch or dinner, and get essential groceries. Around the same time, Blue Orchid Asian restaurant opened at one end of the block, while Ciro’s Italian bistro opened at the other end. It is possible to enjoy sushi

and satay, or pizza, pasta and Italian gelato, all in one convenient spot with plenty of free parking. Soon after, other businesses arrive on the scene, including the appealing Charlotte Shop with ladies jewelry, accessories and fashions; Emerald Springs Spa with
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morphed into the ERL group, which offered a joint open house of 15 continuing care retirement communities in Lancaster and Chester Counties in 2011. The free open house provided the opportunity for people to visit as many of the nonprofit facilities as they wanted without having to make an appointment at each one. Retirement communities that participated in the event were spread out around the county and included Brethren Village; Calvary Fel-

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facials, massage therapy and other spa services; and Richmond Square Cleaners with dry cleaning and clothing tailoring and repairs. Susquehanna Bank opened a branch office. Richmond Square Family Practice opened to provide healthcare services to area families. With the arrival of Subway, quick sandwiches and other deli-style foods became available. Newer businesses to make the scene include Spycom surveillance equipment and services; Karen’s Ink and Pretty Girls paper, printed cards and innovative gifts; Mathnasium for math tutoring and Joe’s Famous American Kitchen with all-American burgers, fresh-cut fries, hot dogs, grilled cheese melts and milkshakes.

According to developers, Richmond Square began with the simple mission of bringing the latest and freshest regional and local retailers to Manheim Township, combining them with restaurants to create an energized mainstreet environment. With more than 30,000 square feet of retail, including fashion retailers, restaurants and cafes, a convenience store with eight fuel pumps, a luxurious day spa, a bank and a 20,000 square foot office building, life at Richmond Square is convenient and fun. It is also a place to live, with a variety of housing options, including upper story apartments, townhomes and single family residences. Richmond Square is an example of how everything old is new again.

educate the community about options they have through our own advertising and by participating in Senior Expos, but it’s not the same as having someone come into your own front door. During the open house people who are looking for a retirement community could see the amenities that we offer and get the feeling for each community,” explains Christina George, director of marketing at St. Anne’s Retirement Community. Since Baby Boomers and those who are not yet seniors are beginning to pre-plan for their retirement, the event was a great opportunity for information gathering. “Our goal is to help people who are researching retirement

living. By hosting the collaborative open house, we can better serve those people,” adds Nicole Michael, director of marketing & admissions at Moravian Manor. She notes that during the open house event some people visited three or four retirement communities. She says, “All of us do offer one-on-one meetings with people, but some people are intimidated by that. The open house was more low key, and people could get the feel of each retirement community without feeling any sort of pressure.” During the open house people were invited to schedule another visit if they wished to do so. “Moving into a continuing care community is a lifestyle change and something that people do spend a lot of time consider-

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Cheri Henry of Marticville knows what it’s like not to have enough money to make Christmas special for her son. She was a single mom for eight and a half years, and no matter how hard she worked to make ends meet, Christmas often came as a financial stressor to provide the kind of Christmas she wanted to give him. “The worst feeling in the world is when you want to do something for your children that you just can’t do,” says Henry. That is one of two reasons why Henry started Holiday Hope. Her inspiration for starting Holiday Hope first came from her mom. “I decided to start Holiday Hope because I’ve always liked helping people less fortunate,” says Henry. “My mom was a big influence because when I was young, we always took gifts and

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Holiday Hope provides gifts and Christmas dinner ingredients for families in need. It’s a non-profit organization and works with various agencies to find families who need a little help and some hope for their Christmas celebrations. Four years ago, Henry got the idea of starting Holiday Hope after reading a Craig’s List ad where people were asking for help at Christmastime. “The stories made me cry because I understood the feeling of not being able to do something for (my) child. That year, with the help of my stepdaughter, we helped three families.”

Henry explains that over the following two years her co-workers at High Transit helped her with buying presents and Christmas dinner fixings. The second year, Henry and her co-workers helped seven families, and for the third year, Henry and others were able to assist 16 families in celebrating Christmas. “And this year (2011), a group in the finance department at High Industries, our corporate office, worked with us. They provided for seven families,” says Henry. “At the beginning of 2011, I decided that since we were growing, we should do the paperwork to become ‘official,’” explains Henry. “We started spreading the word, and we started meeting in my living room. Quickly, we outgrew my living room, so I went to an administrative meeting at Marticville United Methodist Church, where my husband and I attend.

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Local organizations, such as SCORE Lancaster and ASSETS refer their clients to DSBC. Rhonda Kleiman, Economic Development Manager of the Library S y s tem o f Lan c a s t e r County, and Pawling go to

each of these organizations during their class cycles to explain DSBC services to prospective business owners. “We also become the point of first contact for folks thinking about starting a business with frequent referrals from the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and the information desk staff at the courthouse,” says

Pawling. “In the latter case — after showing potential entrepreneurs the resources available in the DSBC, we also tell them about all of our other partner economic development organizations in the county — including ASSETS, SCORE, Community First Fund, and the Kutztown SBDC at Thaddeus Stevens.”

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DSBC also holds a 90-minute, “Small Business Start Up Essentials” class, which consists of an overview of steps involved in starting a business. They also offer other classes for businesses and non profits, as well as host a quarterly Non Profit Network Event. In October 2011, DSBC started a quarterly Small Business Mixer, and they provide occasional special topic classes presented by volunteers — who are often former clients. “The majority of the services of the DSBC are free of charge,” states Pawling. “We invite you to stay current with our program offerings and new business/non profit resource additions by subscribing to our e-newsletter mailing list at or checking our current class calendar with links to register online on our ‘Business Programs’ page. Our upcoming programs, along with other business and non profit tips, can also be found on Facebook at LPL.” Like all public library services across the nation, DSBC has struggled with consistent funding due to the sluggish economy. DSBC has been negatively affected by reduced state funds.

Specifically, its funding has decreased by almost 32 percent over the past three years. And its availability has gone from 48 hours per week in 2008 down to 33 hours per week since state library aid was cut beginning with the 2009-2010 fiscal year. “Unfortunately, that reduces the number of evenings we can staff the Center, now only on Mondays and Tuesdays, and consequently the amount of hours we have the services of my current, exceptional co-worker, Heather Sharpe, who also doubles as the L i b r a r y ’s C o m m u n i t y Relations Specialist,” says Pawling. “We realize stable state funding is unlikely in the future and have plans to pursue other supplemental funding alternatives in 2012.” Pawling says that she feels rewarded when a client succeeds in accomplishing his or her dream of entrepreneurship — even if it takes months or years to achieve that dream. And she advises potential small business owners to continue to research and pursue their dreams. To get some one-on-one assistance with your small business or your non profit, contact the DSBC at dsbc@


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By Maureen Leader Special Features Writer The heading on the web site says, “A lot has changed since 1881. Ephrata National Bank’s commitment to our customers has not.” And that is what is most unique about ENB: they are a modern, state of the art bank but still maintain a close, small community feel for their customers. Bridget Hudacs, Marketing Director at ENB says, “Our business philosophy has always revolved around creating long-term relationships with our customers.” Though Ephrata National Bank may feel like a small town community bank to their customers, in reality they have everything and more that a larger bank would have. ENB is the last Lancaster County based community bank that’s never merged and never been bought. It is the number five bank in the county based on deposit market share. ENB has assets of approximately $750 million and eight full service branches. ENB offers traditional checking and savings, as well as other products like merchant services, remote deposit capture and internet banking. But even with all that they have to offer, ENB’s mission is that they want to offer state of the art banking while making their customers feel comfortable with doing business with them. “Our staff is not commissioned,” said Hudacs. That means they have no incentive to “sell” a particular banking product or service. And they are also free to spend as much time as necessary with a customer walking them through any questions they may have. “When you sit down with an Ephrata National Bank employee it is all about what we can do for you ... It truly is a partnership… a relationship,” said Hudacs. It is because of this culture that Hudacs says, that most

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By David O’Connor Special Features Writer It’s a way “to make a child smile.” And Gap native and Strasburg art-studio owner Maurice Summers is one of the people making that happen. Thanks to the work of students, his wife and staffers at his business, Steph’s Folk Art Studio at 232 Hartman Bridge Road, more than a dozen “treasure boxes” have been created for seriously ill youngsters. “I’m glad we’re able to do it ... it’s something that’s really good for children who are sick, and gives them something to smile about,” Summers said. “It does put a smile on their faces, but since we don’t know who gets them, we don’t get to see that smile,” he said. “But it’s good knowing that smile is there.” The “Treasure Box” is a nonprofit program that started in West Virginia, Summers said. Shoeboxes are handpainted for terminally ill and long-term patients in Shriners Hospitals throughout the U.S.


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The next phase of the project is constructing a methane digester, which will convert food processing wastes from several waste streams it currently handles into electricity. Those waste streams include bakery products (donuts, cookies); dairy products (ice cream, milk, cheese); snack food products (pretzels, chips); and meat, poultry and fish processing. Barb Culton, Kline’s environmental science coordinator, explained, “When you’re starting a digester it’s a gradual process. It’s capable of accepting a specific amount of waste every day. Once you put something in it, it takes 28 days to process. We’ll gradually introduce the various waste streams we work with.” Research first began on the digester in 2007, and Kline said it is anticipated to be operational in the spring. Kline said,”We have a pretty unique situation in that we would be using several waste streams to fuel the digester. We wanted to research the process and make sure it would work for us before we went through the permitting process (it would be regulated by the state DEP — Department of Environmental Protection).” He said that Kline’s Services commercial methane digester is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania and believed to be unique to any part of our country. “While food and manure digesters have existed for years, with some even in Lancaster County, they have been designed for a specific waste, e.g. cheese or yeast, etc. Our digester will be handling multiple food wastes and, as such, we will be processing many forms of food products. Our plan is to share our experiences with others and to continue to work on innovative methods to turn the waste we collect into energy,” he explained.

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Once it’s fully operational, the digester is expected to produce approximately 600kwh (kilowatt hours) per hour — enough electricity to power approximately 418 homes and more than four times the power currently consumed by Kline’s to operate its facilities. Barb Culton, Kline’s environmental science coordina- Above: methane digester tor, said while electricity will Below: generator building

be sold to the power grid, that system will also have the capability of directing the electricity to keep Kline’s operations functioning in the event of a failure in the power grid. Kline stressed that since this is a commercial digester, there are higher standards required by DEP including coating the digester tank floor to prevent leaks, building a retention wall (on average three and half feet in height) for a spill basin as part of a full prevention and spill plan in the event of an emergency, and installing high level alarms as well as DEP approval of the tank before it goes into use. Cost of the methane digester is estimated at $3.2 million. The Pennsylvania

Energy Department Authority (PEDA) awarded Kline’s Services a $250,000 grant in 2010 for the digester. Kline said this award marks the first time that the company has received a grant for any of its environmental stewardship initiatives. He also said that the digester projects received letters of support from PA state Senator Mike Brubaker and state Rep. Scott Boyd. Additionally the East Hempfield Township Water Authority and the Hempfield Water Dept. assisted the company with equipment and monitoring devices during early stages of testing. “We’re doing this project because it is the right thing to do for the environment. As the leading wastewater management company in this

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Chalk one up for old school buildings
By Cynthia Hummel Special Features Writer Lancaster County’s last public one-room schoolhouse held its last session in 1994. Lampeter-Strasburg School District still owns the school and occasionally opens the 1879 building on special occasions to provide a look to its the past, according to Robert Frick, the district’s former superintendent of more than 40 years. The Walnut Run School was one of many one-room schoolhouses dotting the county in the early 1800s once the state public education began. Later, Frick said from inside the Walnut Run building, busses enabled districts to consolidate schools. Some oneroom schoolhouses, such as one in Refton, were sold and became private homes. When the L-S district put the North Star School up for public auction, Amish neighbors purchased it to use it for a school of their own. The former Bunker Hill School, built in 1885, later became the Strasburg Township municipal offices. An addition matching the school was added to accommodate the township’s needs. Residents can still cast ballots and attend
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The former Bunker Hill one-room schoolhouse now serves as the Strasburg Township’s municipal building

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By Diane Bitting Special Features Writer Carlos A. Gonzalez knew he wanted to earn a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college. But he didn’t want to incur major debt while pursuing higher education. So, after graduating from Hempfield High School in 2009, he enrolled at the Lancaster campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, which offers two-year associate degrees. Gonzalez, who received community scholarships and a HACC Foundation scholarship,
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began full-time classes there that fall, taking the bus to campus. He graduated with an Associate in Arts degree in social science, with highest honors, in the spring of 2011. Now, the 20-year-old Lancaster resident has begun his second semester at Amherst College, a highly ranked liberal arts college in Amherst, Mass. Interested in public policy and international relations, Gonzalez is studying political science, which he plans to combine with black studies and history to create an interdisciplinary major while adding a concentration in Latin studies.

He sees graduate school, and possibly a doctorate degree, in his future. So he figured that getting his associate degree first and then transferring to a four-year college “would be a smarter financial decision.” L. Marshall Washington, Lancaster campus vice president, couldn’t agree more. In fact, it is the experience of students like Gonzalez that HACC wants to highlight nowadays. In recent years, HACC has worked to build a reputation as the go-to school for
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public meetings in the former schoolhouse, which now contains modern furniture. In the Pequea Valley School District, the former 1878 Leacock School in Intercourse more recently housed the Pequea Valley Public Library. When Leacock School outgrew the 900 square-foot building in the 1960s, the district created a larger school to replace it, but retained the earlier structure. The district owned the land, but allowed the PV public library to use the little school. When the PV public library outgrew the space, it constructed a $1.4 million structure on land donated

to it at 31 Center S. in Intercourse in 2007. Plans included moving the little schoolhouse and attaching it to the new building. When an anonymous donor, who pledged to pay for the schoolhouse move, backed out, the library was unable to come up with additional funds to move the schoolhouse. In 2009, the district sold its Intercourse property, including the 1960s school and the 1878 schoolhouse. Memories of life in a oneroom schoolhouse remain. Frick recalled being a student at two different one-room schoolhouses in the Solanco District, including the former Mount Airy School. The inkwells, he says, no longer held ink as he was growing up.

Lampeter-Strasburg School District director of transportation Jeff Landis said the district currently has 11 Amish private one-room schoolhouses within its borders. That number has risen from six Amish schools when Landis began his position in 1994. The newest Amish oneroom school is Twin Elm, which opened in fall 2011. Landis added that he felt the rising number of Amish schools has to do with the increasing population. Each school usually serves four or five families with multiple children. In all, L-S buses students to 13 Amish one-room schoolhouses, with two being just outside the district border.

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Frick went to Mt. Airy School on Mt. Airy Road in Providence from first through third grade. That building is a municipal building today. Fourth grade he spent at Harmony School on Pennsy Road in Smithville, which is now a private residence. The Walnut Run School never had running water. Former student and now S t r a s b u rg To w n s h i p supervisor Ken Meck once recalled that the older boys had to take turns walking uphill to a neighboring farm to get water. Outhouses, one for boys and one for girls, remain in back of the school. Walnut Run School sat empty for a time before a restoration effort began, Frick said. A 1929 Lampeter High School graduate, Hazel Fry, left $10,000 to the L-S district to restore and purchase period furniture for the schoolhouse. Framed prints of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, from another L-S schoolhouse, now decorate the Walnut Run School. In addition to Fry’s gift to the district, many area residents have donated their time to restore the building. Not a penny of taxpayer money went into restoring the Walnut Run School, Frick said.


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occupational programs, such as health care careers and computer technology. There are waiting lists for popular programs like nursing and criminal justice, Washington said. HACC is now focusing on making prospective students aware of its transferable associate degrees, designed to help students move on to four-year institutions. “If your long-term goal is to get a four-year degree, that’s what our transfer initiative programs are about — helping you get there,” said Washington. One advantage, particularly during tough economic times, is the lower cost of attending a community college, which is usually much cheaper than a traditional four-year college. Students can save money by taking general education courses at HACC, Washington pointed out. Also, since HACC does not offer housing, there are no residential costs. Thus, students who wish to continue living at home can do so, again saving money. In addition, a majority of courses can be done online. Gonzalez was happy to continue living at home for a while. He may have been ready for college academically — he was a serious student at Hempfield, taking honors and Advanced Placement courses — but he wasn’t ready to leave his home and family. Attending HACC allowed him time. “In the two years I spent at HACC and the experience I had in those two years, I was ready to make the leap to a school like Amherst,” says Gonzalez, whose involvements at HACC included student government chairman and president of the Latino student organization. He also did an internship with the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs. He was also a commencement speaker. A native of the Dominican Republic, Gonzalez moved to the United States with his mother and two sisters when

he was 11. While living in Reading for two years, the Spanish-speaking Gonzalez quickly learned English. His family moved to Lancaster County in 2004 to join relatives here. In high school, Gonzalez was chosen for QuestBridge, a program that links highachieving low-income students with opportunities at top colleges. Gonzalez attended a QuestBridge conference at Yale the summer before his senior year. While researching fouryear colleges while at HACC, Gonzalez became seriously interested in Amherst and looked into its requirements, working with

a HACC transfer counselor. He transferred through an Amherst program that reaches out to promising community college students. Gonzalez was among a small percentage of transfer students (from community colleges and other institutions) accepted for this academic year, becoming one of “the few, the proud, the transfers.” Most of his HACC credits transferred. Overall, he felt well-prepared by HACC as he studied such subjects as Latino identity and global environmental history at Amherst. “I’ve had some great professors there (at HACC). Some of the things I did

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course equivalencies, can be found on HACC’s website,, under Student Services, then Transfer Services. “It makes it really seamless for the student…because they know up front what both schools have agreed on,” said Washington.. As for Gonzalez, his ideal job would be to serve with the U.S. State Department, and specialize in Latin America. “I’m very interested in that part of the world. I would just like to do my part to make sure that it’s improved,” he said. “I just want to leave this world better than I found it. I want to make an impact in the world.”

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stresses that students need to be flexible as they choose a major and then move into the working world. “The choice of a major should reflect a student’s interests and passions, but there are also practical considerations,” says Rankin. As Rankin points out, no matter what major is chosen, students need to learn essential core skills, such as written and oral communication, working with a group, organizational skills and technology abilities. With these skills, students have the basis for pursuing new areas in their careers. “The world is ever changing and fluid, so it is difficult to know exactly what opportunities will exist when you graduate,” says Rankin.

At Millersville University, William McElwaine, professor emeritus and council of trustees, has spent more than 60 years in education. Before retiring, McElwaine taught physical science, chemistry and geology at Millersville, later becoming chair of the Earth Sciences department. Through the years, McElwaine has made his own observations of the

changing working world. He believes that students should consider having a double major or a major and minor that will give them more flexibility in a career. He also reminds students that being flexible is key. As McElwaine notes, adding a minor or a double or dual major can enhance the academic experience and give students an advantage when job-searching after

graduation. Choosing a minor can broaden a student’s knowledge and help structure the academic studies. A double major may be more challenging, since it usually means that a student takes two separate majors and receives two degrees. If the majors are connected — both in the sciences, for example — it may be easier to take on the more challenging course work. “Having more than one major gives a student more flexibility and makes the person more marketable,” says McElwaine. It also provides a backup, in case there are no positions available in the major. Perhaps there will be more potential in the other major or in the minor. And it shows employers that an employee is willing to take on challenges and stretch abilities into other areas. “Our goal at Elizabethtown is to help students find the options that work best for them and help them achieve satisfaction and success in their careers,” says Rankin.


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By Cynthia Hummel Special Features Writer Some people will press gently on a potential new mattress purchase for a five finger test. Others will sit gently on the edge of the bed to try to determine if it would suit their needs. Gardner’s Mattress and More owner Ben McClure came up with an idea to

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Lancaster County is melting pot of Asian fusion

It wasn’t that long ago that dishes like sushi, pad thai, miso and Panang curry were just a bit, well, foreign, to Lancaster palates. There were not many places to get Japanese soup flavored with tofu or cellophane noodles rich with vegetables or spicy curry from Thailand. Few people had ever tried sushi and were still a bit skeptical about eating something most often made with raw fish and sheets of seaweed. The growing population of Vietnamese, Cambodian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese,

Laotian, Thai, Malaysian and other Asian cultures has made Lancaster County a virtual melting pot of Asian cuisine, with more and more Asian restaurants cropping up throughout the county. It used to be hard to find sushi or Chinese noodle dishes just 10 to 15 years ago. No longer. In Asian restaurants, menus hold an abundance of dishes that range from sushi to curry to tempura to teriyaki to satay to pad Thai. “We call our restaurant Sakura Asian Fusion, because it is a fusion of Asian food,” says Jan Tang, manager of
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Unique location for Flying Dish Café
By Rochelle A. Shenk Special Features Writer Customers discovering the Flying Dish Café for the first time may be taken aback by its location inside Bomberger’s store in Lititz. But owner Diane Caci says that the unexpected pairing of café and hardware store has proved to be successful since it opened in April 2011. “It’s been interesting to see people’s reactions when they first find out that we’re here, but there’s a great synergy between the café and the store. Couples can visit the store and while men shop for hardware, women can enjoy coffee, tea and pastries. Couples have also stopped in after making kitchen or flooring decisions. We’ve become a destination as well as a one-stop shop,” Caci says. Light wood floors, green and blue walls and a colorful striped awning add to the café’s casual and fun atmosphere. Glass-topped tables and chairs, casual leather chairs and suedelike sofas provide seating options. Customers may be found working on laptops (the café offers free Wi-Fi), reading books, or meeting with friends or business associates. The café’s coffeehouse flair also lends itself to live acoustic entertainment on Friday evenings. Caci hopes to expand that vibe in the future by hosting game nights at the café. She says “We want people to come here to chillax — chill out and relax.” She adds that the café has also teamed with Bomberger’s for special shopping and dining nights, and during the holidays she collected items for the local food bank. The café’s menu follows through on the casual feel. It includes teas, coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, smoothies, wraps, sandwiches, salads and baked goods such as red velvet brownies and chocolate chip cookies. Breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal and gelato from Gelato Di Babbo, Lititz, add to the variety. There are daily specials and homemade soups. Diane says that cream of crab, which started out as a special, is now offered daily and has become the café’s signature soup. Another signature item

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“Asian food can be very healthy, with fresh vegetables and not a lot of fat,” adds Tang, noting that healthy choices in dining might be part of the reason why Asian fusion is such a hit. It may also be the new flavors that people enjoy, such as a crunchy slawlike salad of apples, carrots, ginger and other vegetables at SukhoThai fusion restaurant

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The daughter of Khamphong and Phouthong Chanthongthip of Laos and Thailand, Hartman grew up in the United States and lived in Annapolis, before coming to help her parents with the family business. SukhoThai focuses on Asian food that is fresh and flavorful, with cuisine that includes soups, salads, noodle, seafood, rice and curry dishes. The food is packed with healthy ingredients like fresh broccoli, carrots, apples, asparagus, peppers, zucchini, peas, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, baby corn, ginger, cilantro, mango, peanuts and cashews. Steamed shrimp, chicken, beef, fish give dishes added protein, while there are many vegetarian options. The lemon grass scented coconut soup is flavored with lime and cilantro. Salads are composed of finely shredded fruits and vegetables, such as the green apple salad with carrots and onion or the papaya salad with Lao dressing and crushed peanuts. Then there is Asian fusion with an accent on Chinese and Japanese flavors. At the Blue Orchid, which was once known by its scientific name of Coerulea, Harrison and Sheree Wong have created a beautifully restful setting in shades of blue and orchid. The menu is Fusion in the purest sense of the word, blending Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and other Asian cuisine with Mediterranean influences, and even a touch of Southwestern. The Wongs are from Taiwan, and are credited with introducing Lancaster County to sushi at China Orchid restaurant at Park City Center. Later, they opened Blue Pacific on Lititz and Oregon pikes, still in operation. Blue Orchid has an extensive sushi menu with sliced nigiri, rolled maki, sashimi and cone shaped temaki. “I think that Asian food gives people new choices, and fusion blends all those flavors for something new and interesting,” says Wong.

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potential buyers can spend up to four hours there watching cable TV, reading or napping McClure said customers have come in their pajamas and with their own pillows for a test rest.

For anyone who is a little wary of the concept, McClure said the mattresses, linens and pillows are all sanitized between test rests. If someone finds a bed is not to their liking, Gardeners’ employees will replace the mattress with another one to try. Choices include Aireloom by Kluft, which

is made in Denver, PA, and Tempur-Pedic. “It is a lot of work on our part,” McClure said. The work has been worthwhile, he said, since nearly 100 percent of people who tried it made a purchase. Customers can feel the differences between mattresses. They can also

learn the how different types of bases lift the tester’s head and feet. McClure said sometimes a small change in the height of the head or foot of the bed can make a big difference in relieving health issues such as acid reflux and lower back pain. Gardner’s requires a $50 deposit for the experience.

The deposit is applied to a purchase. McClure said to his knowledge, no other mattress stores in this part of the country offer the service. The store also provides a booklet describing how to choose the best mattress for their needs.

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One item that can always be found on the menu is the roast beef sandwich. In a sense it’s put the Flying Dish on the map. Caci explains that Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Chrysler and Fiat, had attended an event in New Holland that she catered and enjoyed the sandwich so much that he placed an order to take with him to Italy. “It was pretty amazing,” she says with a smile. Customers are usually curious about how the café got its name. Caci, who has a degree in food and economics from Mansfield University, has been in the food business for more than 20 years. She also operates a catering company, Dishes by

Diane, and Diane’s Deli, both in Leola. She explains, “The name of the café evolved from the logo of Dishes by Diane, which features an illustration of a blue dish of tomatoes and mushrooms with little legs, flying through the air. When I was looking for a name for the café, a friend was looking at the logo and suggested the Flying Dish Café, and it stuck.” Not only is it a whimsical name that mirrors the vibe of the café, but it also turns out to be prophetic since customers can pick up orders for party platters or for quick dinners including quarts of soup and mini-dinners at the café on the “fly.” Visit for more information.

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photographs is intended to draw people in and encourage them to order flowers. With their own greenhouse, Hendricks stresses that their flowers are truly fresh. The flower shop has been family owned since 1937, and next to the Spruce Street retail shop there are six greenhouses where around 70 different flower varieties are grown. “We just go out and cut the flower fresh,” said Hendricks. “It doesn’t get fresher than that.” Hendricks emphasizes that the website is intended to offer ideas, but that each bouquet or arrangement is customized to the customer. Often a customer will call and say they want an arrangement in shades of blue, for example, and Hendricks will customize that bouquet with the fresh flowers that are in season in their greenhouses.
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“We feel that every customer is unique and for this reason we do not use a menu system,” said Hendricks. “Each design we make is original and created for each customer’s order.” The two main challenges for local florists are to get people to think of flowers “just because,” for no occasion at all, except to brighten the day, and to compete against the online flower “shippers.”

At Neffsville Flower Shop, a sign outside the shop on Lititz Pike, entices customers with special deals of arrangements and types of flowers. “It works. People will stop in to pick up an arrangement that they see on the sign,” said Bobbie Schwab, manager of Neffsville Flowers. Spangler said “When it comes to fresh flowers, local is always better.”

According to Bradburn design team manager Martin Lucki, lighting options will include linen shades with clean tailored lines and a play toward texture. Lamp bodies will be made of carved reclaimed woods deftly finished in soft, neutral tones that showcase the natural wood grain. Beverly Hills designer Christopher Grubb of Arch-Interiors Design Group, who considers decorative lighting “the piece of jewelry in a room,” recommends architectural sconces for applying makeup or shaving to avoid the shadows cast by overhead lighting.

esting foundations for rooms with upholstered or casework furnishings most often seen in neutral colors. Lowell also sees a trend toward investment area rugs on tiled floors or those resurfaced with wood or faux wood veneers for better wear and tear and a greater perceived home value.

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According to artist/designer/author Pablo Solomon, people will continue to look for unique, cost-effective ways to improve their homes. They’ll buy and restore secondhand furniture, swap artwork and accessories with friends, and use yard sale proceeds to purchase new items for their homes. Consignment stores and estate sales will be hot in 2012, adds best-selling author and home design expert Lauri Ward of Redecorate. com, with people discovering the benefits of buying older, distressed pieces that are well made and affordable. Chairs and sofas that can be reupholstered or slipcovered, and cabinets for storage, will be sought for their quality as well as the aesthetic interest they add to modern rooms.
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Philhaven’s CADD meets needs, coordinates services
By Wendy Komancheck Special Features Writer Philhaven began the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD) to serve people with autism and their families. “We saw a need for kids and families who experience autism,” states Phil Hess, Philhaven CEO. “Our Center for Autism works with families to understand or to better coordinate the services that they receive.” CADD is the central hub where Philhaven coordinates the various services that folks with autism and their families need for the best quality of life. CADD doesn’t house all of the programs. Instead, it collaborates with other county service agencies and acts as a clearinghouse for autism services. CADD works with nine community human service programs: • Lancaster General Hospital • Parents and self-advocates

• Lancaster County Mental Health/Mental Retardation/Early Intervention Services • Pa. Bureau of Autism Services • Primary Care Providers, such as pediatricians and family practices • Pediatric neurologists from Hershey Medical Center, Wellspan, and Lancaster General Hospital. • Various school districts • Mental health providers • And group home providers.

CADD also provides education and training to professionals such as coaches and pastors, to help them more effectively work with people with autism who may be on their sports teams or within their congregations. Currently, CADD serves more than 900 patients; approximately 200 adults and 700 children and adolescents receive help through The Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. CADD. For patients older than age 4, the Michael Fueyo, MD, is in the center and is the director - continued on page 44 of the program. On the left is Ruthann Dwyer, director of pastoral services.

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Hypnotherapy aids physical and mental relaxation

An Ephrata Community Hospital mammography tech with the digital mammography equipment at the Center for Women’s Health. See story on page 44.
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“Hypnotherapy is misunderstood,” states Roger J. Willard. “Some people think that hypnotherapy is what they see on TV, in the movies or on the news — that it’s a stage show with a swinging watch and they’ll be in a trance and made to do silly things. “It’s really just focused thinking that we take a little bit deeper. It can also be called guided meditation,” explains Willard, of Willard Hypnosis Center, Conestoga. Hypnosis is not a dangerous procedure; it is not mind control or brainwashing. And he says that anyone can be hypnotized as long as they can focus their thoughts. “Anyone who has been taken in by a powerful sermon or speaker, who has been entranced by a book

or TV show, or arrives to work or any other destination and doesn’t remember the drive there has been hypnotized or mesmerized,” he says. According to WebMD, the hypnotic state allows a person to be more open to discussion and suggestion. It can Roger Willard improve the success of other treatments for many conditions, including:phobias, fears, and anxiety; sleep disorders; depression; stress; posttrauma anxiety; and grief and loss. It also might be used to help with pain
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Growing with the times

For 72 years, Ephrata Community Hospital (ECH) has provided women’s healthcare for northern Lancaster County. ECH has grown with the times to provide the kind of support and health care that women are looking for in the 21st century. In 2003, the Center for Women’s Health, located on the hospital’s campus, opened for business. It provides five services for women: 1. Diagnostic services, including ultrasounds, mammography, DEXA scans for osteoporosis detection, and stereotactic breast biopsies. 2. Breast Care Coordinators on hand. They are Women’s Health nurses who are available to work with any woman who had an abnormal mammogram. The Coordina-

tors help guide women onto the next steps of dealing with abnormal mammographies from diagnosing to treatment and recovery. These nurses also work closely with the Ephrata Cancer Center’s surgeons, plastic surgeons, and oncologists, as well as other health professionals who may be involved in this aspect of a woman’s journey. 3. Free educational programs, held each month. Topics cover women’s health and lifestyle issues. 4. Fully licensed massage health professionals provide massage therapy. 5. There are also yoga classes available at the Center for Women’s Health. For more information on yoga and massage therapy, go to Centers/WomanKind/tabid/82/Default.aspx. The Ephrata Community

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patients and a wealth of experience and special practice interests.” Eshelman also says that women are often surprised by the wide spectrum of services available to them at Ephrata Community Hospital. “Many of our patients say they appreciate having their care close to home, in a smaller, more personalized environment,” says Eshelman. “We offer the sophisticated services and experienced providers that women want in a location that meets their needs for convenience and quality.”


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the waiting list is eight months. CADD sees 350 new patients a year. Children and their families are primarily serviced through CADD, but the Center is designed to service those with autism throughout their entire life spans. Dr. Michael Fueyo, a trained child and adolescent psychiatrist, specializing in autism, is the CADD director.. Even though it’s part of the autistic care continuum,

CADD specifically provides psychiatric, medical management, therapy, case management, group activities, and a summer camp for kids with autism. For families affected by autism, Hess states, “Seek help and the more they can learn about the disorder, the better that they’ll be prepared to help their children be successful.” The Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD) is located at 1884 Rohrerstown Road.

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control and to overcome habits, such as smoking or overeating. It can also help students who have test anxiety or have difficulty concentrating while studying. Willard notes that through hypnosis, people can learn to manage the worries of the day. “It cannot eliminate the things in your life that are the primary causes of stress, but it can help you to deal with them better. Stress and feeling bad is probably at the root of most people’s problems. You do have a choice — a choice to feel better,” he points out. He explains that as a hypnotherapy consultant he is there to guide clients into and through the experience to create change in their lives. “Hypnotherapy is a tool,” he says. In hypnosis, you can hear what is going on around you. If you would open your eyes, you would see normally. In hypnosis, rather than being “out of it” you are more likely to have a heightened sense of awareness. Willard says, “Once you do it and recognize it, you can guide yourself into hypnosis.” For most people who are hypnotized for the first time, they will feel that they are not. They do not normally feel like they are in a trance or “zoned out”, it’s more of a deep relaxed feeling. He says that most people remember everything that happens while under hypnosis; only a small number will have amnesia and this is a natural effect. Also, if a person was given a post-hypnotic suggestion not to remember for therapeutic reasons, they would not remember. Willard has had a varied career — as a police officer, a constable, a bounty hunter, and a private detective. He is also the author of two books, “PI, A SelfStudy Guide on Becoming a Private Detective” and

“Missing Persons, USA”. He initially learned hypnosis to help attorneys with client’s memory recall; that focus has shifted to using hypnosis for motivation and life change. Willard, who has been hypnotized himself (mostly through self-hypnosis), says that hypnosis has been an

time in 2004, and five years later he dropped his private detective license to focus on hypnotherapy consulting fulltime. “I had enough of that work, but I still will consult and review case information and offer insights. What I enjoy about doing hypnosis is that I work with people who want to make positive change and come to me for help in taking that “What I enjoy first step in making that about hypnosis is change.” Willard was certified that I work with by the American Board people who want of Hypnotherapy and the National Guild of to make positive Hypnotists (NGH), and change and come is currently active in NGH. He says in Pennto me for help in sylvania, as in many states, hypnosis is untaking that first regulated — no license step in making that is required. However in some states a hypnotherapist must attend change.” an approved school in that state. He notes, — Roger J. Willard “In Pennsylvania I can Hypnotherapy consultant call myself a hypnotist, consulting hypnotist (a term recommended by the NGH), hypnotherapist (a term that’s restricted interest since he was 10 or in some states) or a creative younger. He says, “Over the visualization consultant.” years I read whatever I could He specializes in helping get my hands on. At the time people stop smoking and there was not a whole lot; mostly the Melvin Power’s has developed a successful book (“A Practical Guide to program that has helped Self-Hypnosis”) or the stuff people who have smoked 10, you would see advertised in 20, 30 years and more to be the back of comic book or smoke-free. He says that this other magazines. Even as I is probably the number one moved on to police/detective reason why people use his work I still read whatever services. However, recently I came across. The more he’s also worked with a I understood, the more I number of young people who want to get over test wanted to learn.” anxiety and enhance personal About 20 years ago he performance in different started finding more serious areas of their lives. While information and studied many of Willard’s clients are that along with NLP (neuro- local, he says that some have linguistic programming). He come from as far away as 100 explains that NLP has its miles for his skills. roots in hypnosis and was “I look forward to clients developed by John Grinder that drive some distance as and Richard Bandler. it shows that they have a About 10 years ago, after commitment necessary for heart surgery, Willard looked the change.” deeper into hypnosis. He opened his business partPROGRESS

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New look and new tastes in retirement living
dining, and another area has more of a café serving style. Both offer a warm, relaxed atmosphere with laminate flooring and upscale finishes such as glass tile inlay and solid surface counters. Even the area where trays and silverware are stacked has a more upscale, less utilitarian look. Chefs (rather than cooks) have been hired. Henning said, “While we have always had very good cooks at Landis Homes, our chefs bring greater experience and training to the mix. All chefs are cooks, but not all cooks are chefs — chefs traditionally have training in food preparation, years of cooking experience as well as an understanding of the ‘chemistry of cooking’. “In searching out chefs we looked for a higher level of experience, education and someone who could direct and train a staff of cooks to prepare and present food at a higher level. In addition to knowledge of special cooking and preparation techniques, the chefs we that our chefs bring to Landis Homes.” The menu has been revamped, too. New items such as paninis, wraps, stir frys and vegetarian options have been added. Tags indicate health-conscious items such as “super-fruits”. Henning says that the menu items have been added in consultation with the resident food committee. “Before, lunch was traditionally a hot meal. If someone wanted a sandwich, it was more difficult to do that. Now the whole concept is choice, and we took the opportunity to expose people to new food items. We also have a number of people who already enjoy these items and have asked for them,” he says. Deb Laws-Landis, Landis Homes’ director of community relations, says that Landis Homes has always been known for good food, but it was primarily Lancaster County fare. “We now offer a much broader experience,” she says. Additionally, Landis Homes offers a variety of cooking demonstrations featuring many health-conscious alternatives and hosts dinners with the Lancaster Vegetarian Society. Henning attended one of the dinners at another location and says he felt that residents would enjoy the experience. Both campus residents and the community at-large are invited to these periodic dinners. Henning has found that the expanded dining choices have led to an increased demand for takeouts. Takeout containers and the dining service itself have a “green” aspect. One of Landis Homes’ guiding values is stewardship — “faithful and responsible use of resources entrusted to our care”.
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Staff member Maggie Nemeth prepares carrots and parsnips in the prep area at Landis Homes.

By Rochelle A. Shenk Special Features Writer Dining and meal service are an integral part of our society. Many holiday traditions focus on family dining. Restaurants offer diversity in

format from cafés and bistros, casual yet elegant, and fine dining. The numerous retirement communities throughout the county all have their own dining venues and options — some formal, others more

Chef Don King serves freshly baked bread in the new dining area at Landis Homes.
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casual. Landis Homes, Lititz, recently revamped its dining services. The main dining area is known as the Garden Room. A new look was unveiled for this area two days before Thanksgiving, and a grand opening was held in January. “Our new dining room is more of a bistro style. You no longer follow a service line with a tray. We don’t want people to start at one end and continue through — it’s more flexible and a more casual, less structured experience. Hours are more flexible as well — previously we served breakfast and lunch at specific times. Now the dining area is open 24 hours. If someone would like coffee, a scone and ice cream at 2 p.m., he or she can have it,” explains Greg Henning, dining services director. There’s an area on one side that offers full-service

employ have been trained in cost controls, menu planning, food pairings, team building and management, along with an understanding of nutrition, food safety and kitchen sanitation. We believe our residents deserve the ‘fine dining’ experience


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NICU offers specialized care for infants
deliver their babies here (at ECH), but families whose babies are born at home and have problems also may use NICU services.” Each year, between 800 and 900 families come to the Family Maternity Unit at ECH and about 70 families utilize its NICU. “We continually look at what our patients need and then look at the best ways to address those needs with the resources available. The NICU was an identified need for this community and we were pleased to be able to achieve this,” states Lockwood. Having a newborn rushed to the NICU for a variety of reasons can send shock waves to any parent’s heart. Thus, the NICU nurses provide emotional, as well as physical support to the families who use the NICU’s services. “Social Services and Clinical Care management also assist patients, as well as our chaplaincy team,” Lockwood says. “Each week, an interdisciplinary team, including the neonatologist, nurses, case managers, social services, (and) chaplain meet with the family to discuss the baby’s status and to prepare for (the baby’s) discharge,” explains Lockwood. “These sessions help to prepare the family for caring for the baby at home. From the very beginning of the baby’s stay in the NICU, we start preparing the parents for the baby’s discharge, knowing that taking care of a premature infant at home can be daunting.” Parents are encouraged to stay in the NICU with their

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Ephrata Community Hospital (ECH) opened in 2006 to provide care for premature infants or infants with special medical needs whose families live in northern Lancaster County. “Prior to opening the NICU, these infants had to be transferred to another hospital for care,” explains Kelly Lockwood, Unit Manager, Family Maternity Unit at Ephrata Community Hospital. “We wanted our expectant mothers to have the assurance that a NICU was available here at Ephrata should the need arise for this type of care. We also believe that the availability of a neonatologist in-house, 24/7, would be beneficial for our patients.” In September 2011, the NICU celebrated its fifth birthday. “We are busier than when we first launched the Unit with more families needing these services each year,” says Lockwood. “We continue to purchase new equipment — keeping our equipment state of the art. Most families that we serve

baby as much as they can, and ask as many questions as they need to. Parents are also encouraged to stay at the hospital the night before the baby is discharged to care for the baby alongside the nursing staff.

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Arch Street Center provides “a port in the storm”
laugh together. They eat and do chores together. They share advice and enjoy each other’s company. “It’s a club kind of feel rather than a day program,” Executive Director Susan Lilly said. “We are strictly social and recreational here.” Membership in the club requires documentation by a health professional that the member has a primary mental health diagnosis. Members are often referred to the club by case managers from the Lancaster County Office of Mental Health/ Mental Retardation/Early Intervention. Others are referred by social workers, psychiatrists or primary care physicians. Men outnumber women at the center two to one, Lilly said. Membership dues are

Sometimes you want to go where “everybody knows your name.” These words from the theme of the TV series Cheers were etched upon American culture for their existential truth. Everyone wants a place to be accepted, just as they are — including those living with serious mental illness. Arch Street Center, 223 W. Orange St., is one such place. Since 1983, those living with mental illness have gathered in the bright basement of St. John Lutheran Church for friendship, encouragement and a hot meal. They relax on comfy old sofas to watch TV together or talk current events. They play Ping Pong. They go shopping together. They

Anthony Strother, of Lancaster, plays Ping Pong with Sue Daniels of Manheim Township at the Arch Street Center.
$5 per year. A hot evening meal is available every day for a dollar. Free or reduced cost meals can be earned by volunteering to wash dishes. When leftovers are available, lunch is offered the following day. “You’re paying for something,” Lilly said. “It’s not a handout. It’s a way of boosting self-esteem.” “It’s a free meal but I feel like I’ve earned it,” said James Howell, 50, of Lancaster. Howell has been a member for two years and visits the center twice a week. “When I start isolating, things go haywire,” he said. “So I come and meet with all of my friends.” About 40 people each day visit the center for recreation or meals. Total membership fluctuates from about 180 to 200 members. “These are not the same people from year to year,” Lilly said. “Our hope is that after you spend some time here that you will feel empowered to go out on your own . . . we’re a port in the storm when you need it.” Yet, those who can benefit from the center long term are welcome to stick around. Frank Henrich, 52, of Lancaster, has been a member for 22 years and frequents the center seven days a week. He especially enjoys the hot meals. “My favorite is meatloaf, mashed potatoes and corn,” he said. As one might expect in any social circle, friends offer advice and information to each other at the center. They exchange tips on where to find food banks, clothing, shelter, church meals or how to get a money order. While mental illness may bring members together
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He adds “Being ‘green’ goes hand-in-hand with being good stewards of our natural resources. Every opportunity we see, we try to think ‘green’.” As a result, takeout containers are recyclable and are compostable; meeting rooms are stocked with china, flatware and cups instead of throw-away products; meeting rooms also have coffee makers with reusable coffee filters rather than paper ones. The kitchen itself not only includes state-ofthe art equipment, but the dishwasher now has a lowflow water connection. A special software program is used to reduce organic waste in the kitchen and prep areas. Coffee grounds and vegetable waste are composted locally. Bags used to hold the waste had been biodegradable, but now are compostable. “There is a difference between biodegradable and compostable. Biodegradable does break down, but it may take a long time to do so, whereas compostable bags degrade quicker,” Henning explains. Some of the fresh herbs used in cooking are grown in an herb garden on campus that has its own rain barrel for water storage and use.

Flowers that a volunteer group cuts and places on tables are also grown on campus. Cage-free eggs are also purchased locally. Seasonal vegetables including corn are purchased from Harvest View Farm, which is adjacent to Landis Homes. Although Harvest View’s farm stand is located nearby (along E. Oregon Road), several times a year, a vegetable cart will be setup near the dining area with fresh produce for residents to purchase. “It not only adds a festive touch to the area, but we can encourage residents to purchase fresh, local produce,” Henning explains. Landis Homes also makes baked goods in-house, and they’re now displayed in a case in the dining area. “Everything in that case looks so good,” Laws-Landis says. “Having the baked goods is really convenient for our residents and staff — if someone is hosting a luncheon or special party, they don’t have far to go for a really great cake.” Henning says that the new “green” dining concept not only offers some healthconscious choices and opportunities to reduce the community’s carbon footprint, but also provides an example to campus residents of some choices they can make.

Pain relief possible with spinal cord stimulator
While the daily beat of routine activities — like going to work and keeping up with the kids and grandkids — makes most of us grumble from time to time, there is a certain percent of the population that would gladly trade places with us. They are the ones who have debilitating back pain that severely limits their mobility and their enjoyment of simple pleasures like grocery shopping. Sue Wenrich of Ephrata was once one of them. For years she endured chronic pain that led to constant injections, medication and two back surgeries. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, she felt resigned to a life of dependency on prescription drugs and injections. Today she is on her feet all day as a department manager for WalMart’s Ephrata store, and she is feeling really good about that. Her solution was a device called a spinal cord stimulator (SCS). She says that she experienced gradual relief at first, and now describes the improvement as “98 on a scale of 100 being perfect.” Joe Amaral of Parkesburg was a deep-sea diver for 35 years, and the physically taxing work took its toll. He was going to pain clinics and getting injections and medication for severe back pain, but nothing could touch the agony. “I remember one Christmas when I had to convince my wife to go to the family celebration without me. That was a turning point,” says Amaral. Like Wenrich, Amaral chose spinal cord stimulation. “ I’m thankful every day that I can watch my son play sports and take him to school,” he says with a grin. “ I really got a good chunk of my life back.” Carole Kline of Annville is an avid walker, swimmer
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has brought her long-sought pain relief. Dr. Eric Finkelstein of Lancaster NeuroScience and Spine Associates is a Pain Management Specialist who has been at the center of care for Wenrich, Amaral and Kline. Dr. Finkelstein is fellowship-trained in Interventional Spine and Pain Management and has spearheaded the advancement of Spinal Cord Stimulation in this area, achieving impressive outcomes with his SCS patients in Lancaster County and beyond. “It’s extremely gratifying to see these individuals, whom I’ve gotten to know so well, reach a point where they are doing the things they love to do again,” Dr. Finkelstein says with great satisfaction. “The goal is to return our patients to their highest quality of life by significantly reducing their pain. It doesn’t mean that they will be able to do everything they once did, but it is a major step toward a more active life.” The applications for pain relief with an SCS are not limited to the spine. Dr. Finkelstein explained, “There are proven results for people suffering from leg pain, pelvic pain, diabetic neuropathy and visceral pain from chronic pancreatitis.”

Joe Amaral

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and volunteer whose biggest joy is being active with three grandchildren. When she suffered an injury, she tried to let her can-do spirit override the discomfort, hoping it would resolve itself. But as time passed she was dealing with debilitating nerve pain. As is true for so many people with back pain, the solution can be very difficult to pinpoint. She didn’t want to become dependent on pain medications. She tried injections, nerve blocks and 24-hour monitoring. They didn’t work. She lived with chronic pain for several years. Then she learned about SCS, spinal cord stimulators. Several years after receiving the SCS, Carole is very happy with her choice, acknowledging that it

Carol Kline

How SCS works
Spinal Cord Stimulation is a reversible therapy that manages pain through an implantable pulse generator and external devices that control therapy and charge the implant. The generator, similar to a pacemaker, is placed beneath the skin; it sends mild electrical impulses via very thin leads to the spinal cord. These electrical signals block pain signals from reaching the brain. The sensation of pain is replaced with what patients describe as a ‘tingling, massaging’ impression. A programmable remote control is operated by the patient, who can turn the current on and off or adjust the intensity and pattern. Before a spinal cord stimulation system is permanently implanted, Dr. Finkelstein conducts a trial that allows individuals to evaluate how much pain relief the stimulator will provide. Patients who have positive responses move forward to a permanent stimulation system.

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Team approach to quality of life

In the past four years, the physicians now known as Argires, Becker, Marotti & Westphal have undergone major growth and expansion in their services to patients. As Dr. Thomas Westphal notes, back in 2007, the office had just two physicians in orthopedic medicine and 18 staff personnel in a 6,000-square-foot office space. “Today, we are a multispecialty group with 10 physicians and 84 staff personnel in 29,000 square feet,” said Westphal. “We have grown considerably.” With a state-of-the-art office facility at 2150 Harrisburg Pike, at the Lancaster General Health Campus, Argires, Becker, Marotti &

Westphal also has satellite offices in Ephrata, Columbia and at Masonic Village. The rapid growth of Argires, Becker, Marotti & Westphal came after Westphal had operated a solo practice for 12 years in orthopedics. Then Dr. Carl Becker joined Westphal, bringing his expertise in orthopedics and sports medicine. When Dr. James Argires and Dr. Perry Argires joined Westphal and Becker, the newly formed physicians office became one of the only multi-specialty groups in Central Pennsylvania, combining the integrated specialties of neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons that work with patients to relieve pain, enhance body function and improve quality of life. “Orthopedics and neurology are interrelated,” said

The Argires, Becker, Marotti & Westphal team.

Westphal, adding that in the case of sports or other injuries and conditions, the brain, spinal cord and skeletal system are all connected. Today, Argires, Becker, Marotti & Westphal combines neurosurgery, orthopedics, physical therapy and interventional pain management services, in order to provide the most comprehensive brain, joint and spine care for patients of all ages. The

practice has become known as “The Brain Team,” due to its team approach to neurologist and neurosurgeons. Since the brain acts as the body’s control center, patients who experience problems with vision, speech, memory or balance, headaches, seizures, loss of consciousness or paralysis, may have a neurological condition. “Our neurosurgeons uti-

lize the latest technology available for brain surgery including craniotomy for tumor and aneurysm, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery and Deep Brain Stimulation for tremor and Parkinson’s disease,” said Westphal. At Argires, Becker, Marotti & Westphal, neurosurgeons treat brain tumors, aneurysms, metastatic disease and other brain disorders through
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diagnosis, precision medical procedures and effective rehabilitation. The physicians include Dr. James Argires for neurosurgical and spine consultation, Dr. Jerry Argires for brain and spine surgery, Louis Marotti for brain and spine surgery and Dr. Harry Sungh for brain and spine surgery. Neurologists are Dr. Puneet Singh, Dr. Justin Fisher and Dr. Jarod John. He noted that the orthopedic surgeons are among leaders in sports medicine, specializing in knee ligament surgery, meniscus repair surgery, hip and shoulder arthroscopy, shoulder replacement and total knee replacement surgery. They provide each patient with comprehensive evaluation and medical management services. “Our orthopedic doctors utilize the most advanced minimally-invasive and arthroscopic techniques to repair shoulders, knees, hips or joints that cause our patients pain,” said Westphal, who is joined by Dr. Carl Becker in orthopedics and sports medicine. In fact, pain is one of the leading reasons why patients consult with Argires, Becker, Marotti & Westphal. Pain may be caused by sudden trauma or injury, as well as because of degenerative condition or a disease such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Treating any type of joint pain, whether shoulder, hip, knee, wrist or ankle, starts with

a professional examination by an orthopedic doctor, providing non-invasive or minimallyinvasive medical treatments. In cases when surgery is needed, the orthopedic surgeons perform partial and total knee replacement surgery, carpal tunnel syndrome surgery, hip and shoulder arthroscopy, and partial and total hip replacement surgery. Sports Medicine conditions treated by Argires, Becker, Marotti & Westphal include torn rotator cuff, shoulder pain, hip problems, torn meniscus, knee pain, joint pain, joint damage and traumatic injury. Such conditions are treated by physical therapy and surgical procedures such as knee arthroscopy, ligament surgery, rotator cuff surgery and bone fracture care. Pain management is an important aspect of Argires, Becker, Marotti & Westphal, with interventional pain management to relieve, reduce or manage pain through techniques designed to diagnose and treat painful conditions. Treatment for chronic pain, such as neck pain, back pain and other types of pain can make all the difference in quality of life. “Dr. Trevin Thurman is Harvard-trained and offers expertise in pain management,” said Westphal, adding that physical therapy is another important part of a successful recovery from any surgical procedure and can be an effective alternative to surgery. Visit www.brainsandbones. com.

Care, comfort, compassion
By Laura Knowles Special Features Writer When Amy Kelly’s father had a massive stroke in early September, doctors confirmed that there was no brain activity and no hope for recovery. Kelly moved her father from the hospital to Hospice of Lancaster County, and in the time of her great sorrow, she found something unexpected. “I have never experienced such kindness and compassion. The staff at Hospice treated me and our whole family with great understanding,” said Kelly. Lynn Daniels had a similar experience six years ago when her closest friend fought cancer and was eventually moved to Hospice of Lancaster County before her death. “I watched how they took care of her family, her two children and her husband. They knew when to let us cry and how to treat us with dignity,” said Daniels. At Hospice of Lancaster County, the highly trained and caring staff deal with the subject that frightens people most. Death. Whether it is a dying person who wants to retain control and dignity at the end of life, or family and friends who must say goodbye to their loved one, it is most assuredly the hardest thing anyone will ever do. The concept of Hospice of Lancaster County started in the late 1970s when the Reverend Donald C. Wilson began writing about death, dying and hospice care through series of articles, Terminal Candor, as he faced his own terminal illness. Hospice of Lancaster County cared for its first patient on March 11, 1980, shortly after Wilson died. The first year, Hospice cared for 45 patients with two staff members and six volunteers. Today, the organization includes more than 370 employees and 1,000 volunteers who provide care for nearly 50 percent of the people who

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at Arch Street Center, friendships are built on shared interests. “You are not defined by mental illness,” Lilly said. “It’s a very small part of who you are.” Friends enjoy favorite television programs together, play games and talk politics over the news. Arch Street Center was the brainchild of case managers from the Lancaster Guidance Center and the Mental
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Health Association and other concerned professionals. Together, they searched for a location to create a meeting place for mental health consumers. The congregation of St. John Lutheran Church welcomed the center and has provided space for only the cost of utilities ever since. Arch Street Center was so named because its entrance to the church basement is on Arch Street at West Orange Street. It became a United Way agency in 1990.

die in Lancaster County each year. Hospice of Lancaster County provides palliative and hospice care to more than 500 patients and their families each day and bereavement support to more than 5,000 children, teens and adults each month. According to communications manager Lauren Musser, Hospice of Lancaster County is committed to excellence through the continual strengthening of home hospice care, inpatient hospice care and bereavement services, while advocating for comfort, support and timely access to services. Like Kelly and Daniels, many other patients and their family and friends have found compassion and care that helps them through the experience of dying, death and loss. The website for Hospice of Lancaster County is filled with pages and pages of people who are grateful for the care provided to their loved ones. The mission of Hospice of Lancaster County is an essential one, in providing care, comfort, support and choice to individuals and families coping with death as a natural passage in the journey of life. Hospice care focuses on comfort for adults and children who have weeks or months rather than years to live. Hospice care is beneficial for people of any age with life-limiting illness. Care is provided for cancer patients, as well as patients with lung, heart and kidney diseases, Alzheimer’s, other types of dementias, stroke, neuromuscular diseases, other illnesses, accidents and injuries. The nursing staff is trained to do two very difficult tasks — to be caring and to be able to deal with loss. It is not easy, but according to director of home hospice Valerie Peifer, RN, they are blessed to have an outstanding staff with the “heart” to care for patients and families at the end of life. “Being a good nurse is about more than having

top notch clinical skills. As early as the job interview process, we look for someone with a naturally warm and compassionate personality, and the maturity to process the losses of our work. We teach our staff to be empathetic without getting lost in the despair,” said Peifer. Hospice patients are assigned to a team of professionals who are specially trained in hospice and end-of-life care. The team includes the patient’s physician, with registered nurses who provide direct patient care and support to caregivers. Other hospice workers include licensed practical nurses and hospice aides, as well as social workers, chaplains, therapists and volunteers. Hospice care is provided for patients in their homes, in nursing homes and retirement communities, in the hospital, or in one of Hospice of Lancaster County’s two Inpatient Centers, in Lancaster or in Mount Joy. “Many times patients and families tell us that they wish they had entered hospice sooner,” said Musser. Not only does Hospice of Lancaster County help dying patients, but the organization offers grief counseling for family and friends. The PATHways Center for Grief & Loss is a free resource to the entire community, whether or not the loved one is or was a hospice patient. Professionally trained PATHways Center counselors are committed to providing support to individuals of all ages, educating others about common grief responses, facilitating opportunities to interact with others who have had similar experiences, teaching effective coping skills and helping individuals realize the choices that they have on their journey through grief. To find out more about Hospice of Lancaster at 685 Good Drive, call 717-2953900 or check the website at

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By Rochelle A. Shenk Special Features Writer Keller Bros. celebrates its 91st anniversary as an automotive dealer this year. This family-owned business currently operates Ford dealerships in Lititz and Buffalo Springs (Lebanon County), a Dodge Ram dealership in Lititz and Truck Village in Lebanon. “For any business to be in business for 90 years it shows a lot of stability and dedication to its customers. The hard work of establishing the business and keeping it going through the Depression was done by my grandpa and his sons,” says Dan Keller, president of Keller Bros. Auto Company, who is the third generation of the family to be part of the business, which employs approximately 120 people Keller Bros. first opened its doors in 1921 on the front lawn of Mark Keller’s family home in Buffalo Springs, Lebanon County. Dan Keller explains that his family had been involved in farming, and his grandpa realized that he wanted to become involved in the auto industry, which was then in its infancy, and provide service and sales of Fords to his community. To realize this goal, he went to Michigan and worked on the Ford assembly line, learning about the Model T from the ground up. After opening the garage at the family homestead, Mark Keller and his brothers
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soon found that they needed additional space, and in 1930 a new Ford facility was constructed where it remains today as Keller Bros. Motor Company in Buffalo Springs. Keller Bros. opened a dealership in Lititz in 1940 when the family purchased a Ford franchise from a Lancaster County competitor. Keller says that the second generation of his family worked hard and as a result, experienced growth. In 2006 Keller Bros. acquired the Dodge dealership in Lititz. “Customers have always been a priority for us. My grandpa and father believed strongly in the Golden Rule, and we follow that to this day. Our family name is on the outside of our dealerships, and I’m usually in one of them every day,” Keller says. He says that although Keller Bros, is a family business, his dad, the late Norman Keller, did not pressure his children to enter the business. “My dad gave us the freedom to do what we wanted — it was our choice to enter the business.” Currently Dan; his wife, Sue; his uncle, Nathan Keller; cousins Steve, Joel and Chris Keller are the third generation family members involved in the business; and there’s even a fourth generation — Dan’s son, Caleb Keller, and daughter, Danielle Keller, who works part-time since she’s also a student at Lancaster Bible College.
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The early days of Keller Bros. Ford.

By Carole Deck Special Features Writer

Embracing a simpler life comes full circle

What’s in a name? For Joe Devoy, plenty! The owner of Tellus THREE SIXTY in downtown Lancaster named his store after the ancient Roman earth goddess Tellus. The 360 conveys his philosophy to come full circle and embrace a simpler lifestyle. Reduce, reuse, recycle form a complete circle — a circle’s full circumference being 360 degrees — to help preserve natural resources; reduce waste, energy consumption and pollutants plus protect the planet. “We (collectively) have been wasteful and want to do better in perceiving quality in things of lasting value,”

said Devoy. The Irish-American’s passion for reclaimed wood and its accompanying history was the inspiration

Joe Devoy has a passion for reclaiming wood and for reducing, reusing, and recycling everything.

for opening the store at 24 E. King St. in November of 2010.
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Today the Lititz Ford dealership has a bit of a new look. It was gutted by fire on June 19, 2010. Estimates at that time placed damage at approximately $1 million, and while the building was destroyed, no vehicles were lost. Keller says, “The only part of the dealership we could use after the fire was the shop for service. We worked out of trailers for a little over a year. The community support was unbelievable — people dropped items off that they thought we could use, we received a lot of assistance from Lititz borough during our rebuilding, and right after the fire our two closest competitors called and asked if there was anything they could do the help.” Like a Phoenix, the dealership came back from the fire, and there are even some improvements. Although the dealership has the same

footprint, there’s a new area for customers waiting to have their car serviced. It’s more comfortable and userfriendly. Keller says that the Buffalo Springs dealership is in the midst of a major renovation. He notes that the $1 million project, which began the first of the year, will include renovations to the service and parts area. Although the showroom was remodeled in the last two years, this is the first major renovation to the building since it was constructed. While Keller Bros.’s focus on customer satisfaction has remained a constant for more than nine decades, the vehicles it sells have changed dramatically. Ford’s Model T of the 1920s, is a far cry for the variety of vehicles and options offered today, to say nothing of the technology that’s available such as Ford’s Sync, Sync with My FordTouch, or Sync with

MyLincoln Touch — voice activated technology that offers hands-free calling, 911 assist, turn-by-turn directions, and more. Sync with My FordTouch or Sync with MyLincoln Touch comes with a color-coded touch screen to control vehicle functions including climate control.

“The technology and electronics systems in today’s cars are amazing. But it can have a learning curve for customers. We do go over items at delivery, but we found that too much was happening at that time with paperwork, financing details and basics of the vehicle. We decided to hire a fulltime IT person who can

go to people’s homes and teach them how to use the technology,” Keller says. Keller Bros. IT person is also available to provide answers via phone. Keller says, “Our customers love this service. It helps ensure that they get the value out of their vehicle.”

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Buying the former Kreider Brothers Millwork, L a n c a s t e r, was the culmination of Devoy’s dream to build a better world without wasting the world’s resources. Color, character and artfully arranged exclusive merchandise are showcased in a spacious 8,000 squarefeet of retail space. Large front and side windows are open invitations to venture inside and check out a guitar made with wood from a Virginia tobacco factory or an oak coffee table made from Boston Harbor wood pilings. Or glimpse the huge doors and stained glass windows that once decorated churches in Dublin, Ireland. The sales counter comes from a Carrick, Ireland pub while the store’s refurbished floor was hand-crafted from packing crates. Environmentallyconscious shoppers will relish the Irish antiques that

intermingle with reclaimed furniture. Recycled glass vases sit next to rustic wine racks. Jewelry designed from old shoes, clocks that run on water, not batteries or electricity, electric guitars hand-crafted from other materials, organic clothing, eco-candles, soaps, children’s toys, utensils and so much more. Items found in the store, said Devoy, must follow two simple standards: 1) they benefit the environment in some way; 2) an employee who suggests an item must believe in its value. Prices range from 75 cents for children’s jewelry to $13,500 for a hand-crafted bed. Devoy, who is also president of ARA Construction Corporation, Curtis Bay, MD, enjoys the creative marketing side of the business. He credits his nine employees for keeping operations running smoothly and three wood craftsmen for producing the exceptional reclaimed wood furniture. The second floor of

GivinG new life to old wood
Works of beauty created by three wood craftsmen at the Tellus millwork shop, formerly Kreider Brothers Millwork, Horseshoe Road, Lancaster are in abundance at the store. Furniture created with aged lumber from fallen trees, torn down buildings and barns from across the nation can be found in the store that evoke conversation like an African wood table or a four poster Hemlock and mushroom wood bed. Master craftsman, Josh Walton, working on a Maple staircase for a commercial customer in New York explained how the shop uses a kiln to remove the moisture from the wood. “It can be a two year process to remove the moisture and dry the reclaimed wood,” said Walton, who likes giving new life to the seasoned wood. He said all of the furniture manufactured at the shop is crafted from reclaimed wood collected locally and around the country. Customers who purchase the hand-crafted furniture from reclaimed wood receive the furniture’s history in keeping with the motto “Old wood. New Stories.” “We are making the antiques of tomorrow that will last the test of time,” said Devoy. the two story building is currently empty, but a green roof tops the 10,000 squarefoot rooftop with an awe inspiring scenic view of Lancaster. Tellus360, a participant of First Fridays, also hosts several events each month featuring musical entertainment and artists. Future plans include expanding an artist’s exhibit that currently features artwork done by employees. Business has been good for the store with one weekend drawing people from 11 countries. “I love the energy and sociability of Lancaster. It’s a great community,” said Devoy. Tellus THREE SIXTY hours: Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Website

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By Patrick Burns Special Features Writer

110 years, 4 generations
A fourth generation family business in the hands of Chris III and John, Kunzler’s largest expansion came in the 1980s when it purchased Juniata Packing Co. and for the first time made Kunzler products outside of Cabbage Hill. The company, which employs 425 workers, continues to make capital improvements at its facilities and maintains its equipment to accommodate changing product lines and increase uptime and efficiency.

Christian F. Kunzler, a German immigrant, likely had no idea his company would be selling hundreds of meat products when he invested his $700 life savings and began selling sausage as Kunzler & Co. in Lancaster 110 years ago. Yet while competition and varied demand has compelled Kunzler to introduce new products such Pretzel Dogs, and three flavored Bun Length Tailgate Franks, the company insists that it remains true to its brand as a high-end product focused on quality, flavor and taste. “For instance, our bacon is known up and down the east coast as one of the best in the country,” said Tim Vance, director of marketing. Because of fierce local and national competition, Kunzler & Co., a staple on Manor Street in the Cabbage Hill section of Lancaster since its inception, is challenged to grow its product line and increase its footprint while remaining true to its roots as a boutique-type manufacturer. Kunzler has a retail and foodservice division and in 2011 introduced all new packaging designs, and also added a 3-pound ham to its hugely popular ham product line that includes Double Smoked, Tavern, Virginia Baked, Turkey, Pit, Old Fashioned, and Buffet. “We offer about 500 unique products that complement our really native local flavors such as scrapple, Lebanon bologna, and our Braunschweiger where Kunzler’s German heritage comes out,” said Ruth Bohls, sales and marketing coordinator. “Even now we’re using some of the recipes that were started by our founder Christian F. Kunzler.”

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“Just bring me your old jewelry that’s out of style, broken or simply no longer your taste,” says the designer and owner of Veleska Jewelry. “I can turn the gold and gemstones from jewelry that has not been worn in years into a fabulous, new design that becomes the piece you’ll always wear.” The resulting piece of jewelry tells a story. Often, there is great sentimental significance to an old, perhaps inherited item. Sometimes the stones are

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